Episode 66: Military, Muscle, and Making Moves with Matt Smith
Today, Will sits down the Matt Smith, a jack of all trades. Matt has experience in the military, owning his own gym, and becoming a realtor. How did he decide to go from one thing to the next?
Right out of high school, Matt knew college wasn’t the route he wanted to go on. He was drawn to the army, since his father and grandfather had served. Around his time in service circa 1993, he was deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia. In the army, he didn’t have the luxury of Facetiming family members. He had to write and receive letters. Matt reminisces on how different his time in the military was compared to today’s service members.
Matt had always exercised through high school and found that this continued for him in the army. He transitioned from the military to joining the gym once his service was over and realized he loved interacting with other gym-goers. Matt eventually opened up Smitty’s Iron Works. His “internal drive” was to pave his own path, and this began with opening his own gym.
Matt’s gym has merged with another organization and had taught them how he ran his personal training business. During this time, it solidified his love of working independently and opened the door for “What’s next?” Matt had always had a love for the outdoors and took classes for habitat development. In these classes, Matt learned people made a living by showing people hunting land, which led him to real estate. He currently owns and runs Matt Smith Outdoors, a small realty business. He utilizes social media to build his brand, everything from a home walkthrough to deciphering generators.